Jason Burnside

Jason Burnside

Partner, Godwin Austen Johnson


A highly successful and well-respected architect, Jason graduated from the University of Dundee in 1996 and spent five years with a small urban design practice in London before moving to Dubai to join GAJ in 2001.


He was made a partner is 2008 and as a team leader he aims to deliver holistic projects that are highly functional, energy efficient and engaging.


Jason is a well-rounded architect with experience in many different sectors from residential and hospitality to leisure and mixed-use projects.  He also has considerable experience in the education sector and has led the design of more than 20 schools in the region.  


As an expert in his field Jason is also highly sought after as a speaker and can regularly be found on the stage at industry events such as The Big 5 and Cityscape Global. He has also been invited as a judge for a number of awards events including the MEED Projects Awards each year.


Jason’s desire to create great architecture is clear to see within his vast experience which ranges from concept through to award-winning built projects and, as one of the longest-serving architects in the firm, he has designed and delivered some of GAJ’s high profile projects including Serenia Residences on The Palm Jumeirah, The Arcadia School’s secondary campus in Dubai, The Gate Village DIFC in partnership with Hopkins & Partners; and the Federal National Council in partnership with Ehrlich Architects.


He currently leads a team of highly skilled architects all with different strengths and approaches and all working on different projects. He continues to be hands-on designing projects and mentoring his team.